Re: [dev] Re: How do you cope with OSX? (if at all)

From: pancake <>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011 08:29:40 +0100

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On 18/03/2011, at 18:42, Kurt H Maier <> wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM, pancake <> wrote:
>> - power management not as good as in osx
> this can be tweaked, and osx has an extremely naive time-remaining
> alogrithm. it frequently reported seven hours of life and then
> crapped its pants after four. I got nearly an hour more out of the
> battery under Slackware than OS X.

Thats one of the things i want to test.. But in linux i have the same battery time prediction changes. Its a hardware device who gives this info.

But surely.. Linux+dwm should save some battery. Will switch asap
>> - screen is not normal rgb setup (you have to add a specifix color scheme for X11)
> this is a load of crap. it's just a regular LCD, acer uses the same
> models in some laptops.

Im talking about the last mba model. Is this valid for it?

>> - wireless driver ( broadcom) is pure shit. It mostly works, but in powersave mode it just crashes the kernel.
> absolutely true. and apple did not use a regular pcie chip here, it's
> some proprietary bullshit in the hinge.

Agree. Broadcom sucks

>> In fact i think that mba is the best laptop atm for price/quality/weight if you like smart laptops without innecessary stuff like dvd drives or 999 plugs.
> except for the fact that once you begin to do any real work with it it
> overheats, and then it shuts down a core and things begin to crash
> (unless you're using linux, where it deals with the core shutdown more
> gracefully). Also the USB plugs are so close together that once you
> plug in a 3g dongle you can't use the other port. shitty design by
> idiots.

That depends on the kind of uses you make w/ the laptop..

Im not used to plug anything to the laptop. I use bt for tethering and wifi for data transfers.. So usb is not that important for me. Default kbd and touchpad are good enought to not need to plug any external replacement.

My primary uses are coding, chat, browse. And for this, the mba is more than what i need.

On overhead.. I have had no pb with it. The first mba model was hot.. But the 2nd generation works much better. I use ports, have 3vm running (compile farm for w32, lin32,64,osx and it never get as hot as any other laptop i used.. And for stability.. I never had a crash for temperature.. In fact the few crashes (kernel) i had was a virtualbox fault. I never shutdown th laptop. Its always in suspend mode, and in this state i can keep big uptimes without any noticeable performance or stability issues. So i understand you are talking about the 1st model..

>> The sad thing is that there is no other option a part from Apple atm. Sony is putting prices pretty high for their vaio, hp, acer.. Just suck as real laptops (its ok if you dont plan to move them), an lenovo.. Well, they are great, but i always find them like designed by a militar.
> I'll stick with thinkpads. The keyboards are nicer, I don't have to
> paw at a touchpad, and there is actual warranty support where they in
> fact fix problems, which is something apple's never really mastered.

Paw at touchpad? What do 'paw' means?

I have never used the warranty, things get broken after warranty expire time usually. So i dont care about it.

>> Not to say that nowadays there is no manufacturer that sells any laptop without windows (apart from apple, which ships OSX).
> Thinkpads can be ordered with FreeDOS installed and no windows.

Oh, cool. Didnt knew that. In fact a thinkpad was my other option when choosing a laptop
> --
> # Kurt H Maier
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